Baldwin Fellowships

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The Baldwin Fellowships help students from countries where there are limited opportunities for advanced education in fields of research related to human origins.
  • February 15th – Deadline for new applicants
  • March 1st – Deadline for returning applicants

Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships are intended for students with citizenship in a country where there are limited opportunities for advanced training and education in fields of research related to human origins. This program makes it possible for scholars to pursue education or training from an institution outside or inside of their home country. This award is for a program of approved, advanced special training or studies leading towards an MA or PhD. It is limited to two years of support. The maximum award is limited to $15,000 per year.

The Baldwin Fellowship program is based on a realistic assessment of needs and priorities. Many countries possess extraordinary resources in the field of prehistory but lack educational opportunities in the field of human origins research. By enabling bright young scholars to obtain graduate education, The Leakey Foundation is helping to equip these individuals to assume a leadership role in the future of paleoanthropology and primatology.

The Origins of the Baldwin Fellowship

The Baldwin Fellowships were the brainchild of former Board President Dr. Edwin Munger and Elisabeth G. O’Connor, the widow of Franklin Mosher Baldwin. Baldwin was a distinguished attorney who took a lively interest in the search for human origins. Hoping to honor her late husband’s dual interests in early humans and education, O’Connor embraced the idea of a program to educate African scholars in prehistory and paleoanthropology. The first Baldwin Fellowships were awarded in 1978. Today the Fellowship has been expanded to include studies in primatology and is available to citizens from any country that does not have the programs or facilities available to fulfill the students’ human origins research goals.

Ethiopian paleontologist and former Baldwin Fellow, Berhane Asfaw.

If you are thinking of applying for a Baldwin Fellowship ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I enrolled in or have provisional acceptance to an MA, MS, PhD or equivalent program related to the study of human origins or evolution?
  • Have I been accepted or have a provisional acceptance to a host institution? In some cases, this institution may be where you intend on enrolling in an MA, MS, PhD or equivalent program
  • Do I have financial assistance from the host institution?
  • Do I intend to return and work in my home country upon completion of training?

If your answer is “Yes” to all of the above questions, you are likely eligible to receive a Baldwin Fellowship.

If you are wondering whether your research topic is eligible, contact the Foundation at least a month ahead of the application deadline. Email grants (at) leakeyfoundation.org